Teens and Adults Booklist

Recommended Books For and About Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders For reading recommendations on other topics like education, medical and therapies, please see our Autism Book List Books on Transition Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome by Dr. Jed Baker Transition IEPs: […]

Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorders

By Holly Bortfeld From time to time, everyone has anxiety. Public speaking, work, health scares, relationships and money are the top causes of anxiety in typical adults. Sometimes anxiety turns into full-blown panic attacks, but most of the time, it doesn’t. Anxiety disorders affect approximately 40 million American adults per year, which is about 18 […]

The Controversial DSM-5 has been released: How to safeguard your child’s services

The Controversial DSM-5 has been released: How to safeguard your child’s services By Holly Bortfeld I’ve been writing about the DSM-5 for over 18 months now but it’s officially published now, released into the wild, as it were. Too bad no one likes it, except those who are going to financially benefit from it. Background, […]

Let’s Get Moving! Keeping our kids active, healthy and engaged.

By Holly Bortfeld Kids with ASD need more opportunities to be out and about than their peers because it gives them a break from therapy, but still engages them; it gives them much needed exercise; a view into the real world (instead of being locked in their own); and it keeps the family from being […]

Facts about Asperger’s Syndrome

Facts about Asperger’s Syndrome By Holly Bortfeld The new DSM-V proposes to remove the diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome but when reading the new diagnostic criteria, you may realize you/your child no longer fits the definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder and may, or may not, meet the criteria for a new diagnosis called Social Communication Disorder […]

Asperger’s – Lost through the cracks

Asperger’s: Lost through the cracks by Holly Bortfeld I have two children with ASD. My son has moderate autism and my daughter has Asperger’s Syndrome. My daughter’s symptoms didn’t start until she got a round of routine childhood vaccinations known as “Kindergarten boosters” (the glut of shots given just before a child enters kindergarten). She […]

DSM-5: Autism vs. Asperger’s Syndrome Diagnosis

Autism, by any other name….How the new DSM-5 may affect people with ASD By Holly Bortfeld Autism is a “spectrum disorder” of Pervasive Developmental Disorders. The DSM includes PDD-NOS, Autism, Asperger’s, CDD and Rett’s Syndrome. One could also add conditions like ADD and ADHD, which include spectrum features and often respond to similar treatments. I […]